Conan the Barbarian #21 [Regular Edition]
(December 1972)

Marvel, 1970 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.20 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1972
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Magazine Management Co., Inc.
Brand
Marvel Comics Group [entire top banner]
Editing
Roy Thomas

Issue Notes

The Monster of the Monoliths! (Table of Contents)

Conan the Barbarian / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Barry Windsor-Smith (signed as Barry Smith)
Inks
Barry Windsor-Smith (signed as Barry Smith)
Colors
Barry Windsor-Smith
Letters
Morrie Kuramoto

Genre
fantasy-supernatural; sword and sorcery
Characters
Conan
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Coloring credits acknowledged by Barry Windsor-Smith in Spectrum Super Special #3 [2005]

The Monster of the Monoliths! (Table of Contents: 1)

Conan the Barbarian / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Roy Thomas
Pencils
Barry Windsor-Smith (layout); P. Craig Russell (as Craig Russell) (penciller); Val Mayerik (penciller)
Inks
Dan Adkins; Sal Buscema; P. Craig Russell; Val Mayerik; Mark Kersey
Colors
George Roussos
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
fantasy-supernatural; sword and sorcery
Characters
Conan; Melissandra; Kharam-Akkad; Yezdigerd; Balthaz; King Eannatum (introduction); Khurusan (introduction, death); Justin the Blind Hermit (introduction, death); Xuthltan
Synopsis
Setting: Makkalet. Conan is taken captive in Makkalet when he defects from the Turanian army. Conan joins and is betrayed by Makkalet forces. Conan fights giant toad-god.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Inspired by Robert E Howard story 'The Black Stone'. Smith credit changed from sketches to layout, based on splash page credits and info derived from letters pages.

According to an interview with Craig Russell in Conan: The Jewels of Gwahlur, only the first page and a couple of separate panels were fully drawn by Barry Smith, Val Mayerik completed figure work and Russell backgrounds. Inker Dan Adkins fell behind and called on them to do finished inks. In Back Issue #67 Russell stated he along with Val Mayerik did the finished pencil work, with Russell, Mayerik and Mark Kersey completing the inking.

Roussos coloring credit per Roy Thomas (2018, 116).
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Reference:

Thomas, Roy. 2018. Barbarian Life: A Literary Biography of Conan the Barbarian, Volume One. N.p.: Pulp Hero Press.

Dramatic Data, Dynamic Dispatches, and Death-Defying Declarations of Decidedly Dubious Distinction! (Table of Contents: 2)

Marvel Bullpen Bulletins / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee; ?
Pencils
Mike Ploog
Inks
Mike Ploog
Colors
?
Letters
?; typeset

Indexer Notes

Stan Lee's Soapbox, Items, Mighty Marvel Checklist, house ad for Frankenstein series.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3)

The Hyborian Page / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Roy Thomas
Letters
typeset

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letters from Dean Mullaney, James Edward Smith, Scott Olsen, Duffy Vohland, Gary Oppenhuis, David Randolph III, John Kozak, Gary L. Robinson, and Danny G. Daniels.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Monster of the Monoliths!
    Conan the Barbarian
  2. 1. The Monster of the Monoliths!
    Conan the Barbarian
  3. 2. Dramatic Data, Dynamic Dispatches, and Death-Defying Declarations of Decidedly Dubious Distinction!
    Marvel Bullpen Bulletins
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    The Hyborian Page
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